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It Ain’t Over Till the Full Story Sings

March 23, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Many writers stop working on a manuscript before it’s truly finished. Polish stories to add resonance and to make them sing.

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Writing Novels vs. Telling Tales

March 13, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tales and novels have different structures and purposes. Explore the differences and learn why telling tales in the middle of a novel is often not a good idea.

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Using Names in Fiction—4 Tips

March 7, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Suggestions for ways to use character names in fiction, especially at the beginning of stories when readers are just meeting the characters.

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Don’t Explain, Don’t Explain, Don’t Explain

March 3, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Excessive and unnecessary explanations can weaken the dramatic and emotional impact of sentences. Learn why explanations are often unnecessary and annoying.

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Lyrics and Poetry in Fiction—Copyright, Drawbacks, and Other Problems

February 21, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Information on copyright law, fair use doctrine, and creative ways to use song lyrics and poetry in your fiction.

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Get Pushy—Push Character Conflict and Reader Emotion

February 7, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Lack of conflict between characters and lack of emotion-inducing scenes for readers will make stories flat, boring, and tedious. Discover why conflict and emotion are so important to fiction.

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Why Doesn’t My Story Read Like a Published Novel–A Reader’s Question

January 11, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Explanations for why a work in progress doesn’t read like a published novel. Includes areas to work on to improve a WIP.

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Story Inspiration From the News

December 30, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Explore today’s news to get inspiration for your fiction. Don’t hesitate to use tidbits from and elements of current stories in your own work.

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Consistency Can Trump Problems

December 16, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

When you can’t find rules for punctuation or grammar, sometimes simply choosing an option and then being consistent with that choice is all the answer you need.

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Nothing Words—Somehow

September 29, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Somehow is a nothing word that doesn’t reveal anything new about a character or an event. Cut uses of somehow from your stories.

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